Meet Authors & Illustrators

Beverly Cleary

   Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. There young Beverly learned to love books. However, when the family moved to Portland, Beverly soon found herself in the grammar school's low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers.

   By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew. And so Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, and her other beloved characters were born.

   When children ask Mrs. Cleary where she finds her ideas, she replies, "From my own experience and from the world around me." She included a passage about the D.E.A.R. program in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (second chapter) because she was inspired by letters she received from children who participated in "Drop Everything and Read" activities. Their interest and enthusiasm encouraged her to provide the same experience to Ramona, who enjoys D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class.

   Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the 2003 National Medal of Art from the National Endowment of the Arts and the 1984 John Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw. Her Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were named 1978 and 1982 Newbery Honor Books, respectively.

   Among Mrs. Cleary's other awards are the American Library Association's 1975 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Catholic Library Association's 1980 Regina Medal, and the University of Southern Mississippi's 1982 Silver Medallion, all presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. In addition, Mrs. Cleary was the 1984 United States author nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a prestigious international award.

   Equally important are the more than 35 statewide awards Mrs. Cleary's books have received based on the direct votes of her young readers. In 2000, to honor her invaluable contributions to children's literature, Beverly Cleary was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. This witty and warm author is truly an international favorite. Mrs. Cleary's books appear in over twenty countries in fourteen languages and her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. And her popularity has not diminished. HarperCollins Children's Books recently announced that the film option for Cleary's classic book character, Ramona Quimby, had been sold to Fox 2000 and Denise DiNovi Productions. In addition, Portland, Oregon has proudly created The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children featuring bronze statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy, in the park where Beverly used to play.

Contributor: Harper Collins

For further information, visit her web site www.beverlycleary.com

 

Reviews

Dear Mr. Henshaw
Beverly Cleary
Illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky
   Awarded since 1922, the John Newbery Medal, given each year by the American Library Association to the most distinguished children's book published in America, has a long, illustrious history. The resulting publicity and opportunity to apply that famous gold seal to the cover of the book usually mean instant popularity for and sustained interest in the winning title. Many Newbery winners find their way onto recommended reading lists for schools and libraries. Sometimes changes in society and popular culture reduce the books' impacts on today's audience, but in many cases even the passing of years does not diminish their effect. Happily, Dear Mr. Henshaw, the Newbery winner in 1984, holds up very well. The poignant story of a young boy's family facing separation, divorce and moving to a new town and school, rings true today. Written as a series of letters and diary entries addressed to his favorite author, Cleary's realistic novel clearly opens Leigh's life to readers. Missing his dad and his dog, dealing with an unknown lunch thief, trying to make new friends, worrying about his mother working so hard and being so lonely, wishing for a better life, wondering about how to become a writer himself, Leigh is presented as one of us--imperfect, but trying and growing. Leigh's story is certainly still worthy of attention. 2000 (orig. 1983), HarperTrophy, $4.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Donna T. Brumby (Children's Literature).
Best Books:
   Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002; California Department of Education; California
ISBN: 0-380-70958-9
Emily's Runaway Imagination
Beverly Cleary
Interior Illustrations by Beth Krush and Joe Krush
   Upon picking up this classic tale from Beverly Cleary, the adult selector will undoubtedly wonder whether the intended cyber-generation recipient will be able to relate to either Emily or her imagination. The answer -- an unequivocal, "Yes!" Good writing proves to be timeless, and Beverly Cleary is a good writer. The Emily of this story lives in a small town at a time when cars are relatively new, times are financially tough, and distasteful food is eaten because Armenians are starving. Pre-teen Emily romps through these difficulties with the help of her devoted parents, big-hearted neighbors, city-dwelling cousins, and adventuresome grandparents. Each chapter recounts an episode in young Emily's summer; and all together the episodes create the story of how Emily and her mother bring a public library to their small town of Pitchfork, Oregon. Here, there are laughs to be shared and feelings to be identified with for the most modern of today's young readers. Plus, there's a plug for libraries! What could be bad? 2000 (orig. 1961), HarperCollins Children's Books, $15.89 and $4.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Judy Katsh (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 0-688-31267-5
ISBN: 0-380-70923-6
Fifteen
Beverly Cleary
   In this blast from the past, Cleary offers a crisp, albeit dated, portrayal of Jane's first dating experiences. Not part of the in-crowd, Jane has never dated anyone--then popular Stan moves to town. Much to her surprise, Stan asks Jane out for a date. As their relationship begins to develop, Jane must overcome her parents' over-protectiveness, her difficulty joining the in-group and her insecurity over Stan's commitment to her. At times, the book presents overly traditional views of women. Nonetheless, Jane's struggles transcend time. 1996 (orig. 1956), Avon Books, $5.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Rebecca Joseph (Children's Literature).
Best Books:
   Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, 1972; National Council of Teachers of English; United States
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
   Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Winner 1958 Vermont
ISBN: 0-380-72804-4
The Growing-up Feet
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
   The twins, Janet and Jimmy, are excited. Mom thinks their feet have grown enough that they need new shoes. A trip to the shoe store proves her wrong, so they get red boots instead. The twins do not want to take them off, even to go to bed. Unfortunately, it just doesn't want to rain, so they can't go stomping around in puddles in their new boots. Dad, however, comes to the rescue when he washes the car. It's an ordinary story, just right for young kids, and it is given a special charm by the pencil and watercolor illustrations. 1997 (orig. 1987), Mulberry, $11.95 and $4.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 0-688-06620-8
ISBN: 0-688-06619-4
Henry and Beezus
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Louis Darling
   Fun seeking Henry and conscientious Beezus get in and out of trouble in this classic book full of timeless humor. Only the mention of money and the illustrations anchor the story in the Leave it to Beaver era. Cleary masterfully describes Henry's predicament in such a way that although no child in 2002 could be excited about purchasing a bike for $4.04, they would be intrigued by the story. Readers are drawn in by the antics and relationship of Henry and his beloved dog Ribsy. Cleary's tale is much more Henry than Beezus, as Henry has the bulk of the adventure while Beezus steps in to effortlessly saves Henry from his troubles. Henry barely offers a complaint when Beezus buys Henry a damaged girl's bike with his money at auction, the only occasion upon which Beezus causes trouble for Henry. Chapter 2, "Henry Gets Rich" would be an excellent supplement to an elementary economics unit as Henry experiences the ways in which supply and demand affect price. The entire book would be refreshing and delightful as a read-aloud. Good friends, bicycles, a paper route, and an unruly dog are the substance of this Cleary book enjoyed by generations. 2001 (orig. 1952), Harper Trophy/HarperCollins, $5.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Sarah Nelson DeWald (Children's Literature).
Best Books:
   Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002; California Department of Education; California
ISBN: 0-380-70914-7
Henry and Ribsy
Beverly Cleary
Illustrations by Louis Darling
   Back in the good old days when dogs ran loose and got into a lot of neighborhood mischief, Henry Huggins' dog Ribsy, a scruffy mongrel, had to be closely supervised by his master. In return for guaranteeing Ribsy's good behavior, Henry gets to go salmon fishing with his dad. Although Ribsy manages to steal a policeman's lunch, menaces the garbage men and appears to be threatening little children on the school playground, Henry keeps him under enough control to be awarded the fishing trip, which turns out to be rainy, cold, dangerous and almost fishless. Although he behaves disruptively in the fishing boat, Ribsy redeems himself by helping his master end up in glory as he captures a giant Chinook salmon with his bare hands. The setting is Portland, Oregon, in the 1950s. Beverly Cleary understands lovable but disreputable dogs, boastful boys and obstreperous little sisters, and writes of them with humor and understanding in her chapter books. 2001 (orig. 1954), HarperTrophy, $5.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Patricia Dole (Children's Literature).
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
   Young Reader's Choice Award Winner 1957 Pacific Northwest
ISBN: 0-380-70917-1
Henry and the Clubhouse
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Louis Darling
   Set in the 1950s, this wonderful Beverly Cleary book takes the reader to a simpler time when a boy and his dog wanted nothing more than time to play outside. In this book, Henry and his friends Robert and Murph build the best clubhouse ever. It is built with a neighbor's lumber scraps and has a sign that says NO GIRLS ALLOWED--THIS MEANS YOU, that especially means Ramona Quimby. Ramona is a little girl who has been following Henry on his newspaper route and causing him a bit of grief. Henry learns to balance time at the clubhouse with his responsibilities as the youngest paperboy and earns the respect of his friends, family and neighbors. This is just one of the wonderful books about Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby and the gang. A classic! 2001 (orig. 1962), HarperTrophy, $5.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Julie Eick Granchelli (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 0-380-70915-5
Henry and the Paper Route
Beverly Cleary
Illustrations by Lois Darling
   The thought of any Beverly Cleary book being relegated to out-of-print status might well send chills down the spine of many a parent of school-age children. For some, befriending the likes of Ramona and Beezus Quimby and their friend Henry Huggins was just as much a part of childhood as little league practice and piano recitals. Imagining childhood without them would seem downright empty. Thanks to the clear-headed thinking of editors at HarperCollins, today's parents won't experience any such void for their own children. Half a century later, Henry and the gang are just as fresh and loveable, naughty and industrious as ever. The clean, innocent parlance of these kids might seem unrealistic to some older readers, but the universal appeal remains--Ramona is forever full of mischief, Beezus yet tortured by her annoying little sister, and Henry always looking to create something out of nothing. When Henry gets the bug to find a job, he decides a paper route is the way to go. With the help and despite the hindrance of friends and neighbors on Klickitat Street, he discovers that he is capable of earning the job and doing it well. A box full of kittens and a new neighbor who is building a robot out of old wire and scrap metal add life to this tale that embraces community, hard work, family and fun. 2001 (orig. 1957), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, $5.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Karen Deans (Children's Literature).
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
   Young Reader's Choice Award Winner 1960 Pacific Northwest
ISBN: 0-380-70921-X
Henry Huggins
Beverly Cleary
   This tape celebrates fifty years since the book's publication, and it starts with an interview with Beverly Cleary that will probably be of more interest to parents than children. But soon we are thick in the humorous day-to-day adventures of Henry and his friends on Klickitat Street. The story still works for children and parents listening to this tape, and whether they grew up on Cleary or not, they will understand why it has been a classic since publication. Neil Patrick Harris has voice range and dramatic expression that bring all the characters to life, from Ribsy's growls to Henry's mom's resignation at the way Henry handles his dilemmas. There are two cassettes, unabridged. 2001, Harper Children's Audio, $18.00. Ages 6 up. Reviewer: Susie Wilde (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 0-694-52529-4
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Louis Darling
   A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn. Together they discover the joys of motorcycling. This story has been around for more than thirty years and has become a "classic" in children's literature. 1995 (orig. 1965), Morrow, $9.00, $16.00, $15.93 and $4.50. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature).
   Ralph, a thrill seeking young mouse living in the Mountain View Inn, makes friends with Keith, the young boy who has just checked into room 215 with his parents. Keith has a shiny mouse-sized motorcycle that Ralph is dying to ride. The friends make a deal. Ralph can ride at night if he promises to leave the bike alone during the day when a mouse on a motorcycle would be likely to attract unwanted attention. A crisis ensues when Ralph's curiosity gets the better of him and he decides to take a spin during the day. Ralph is an endearing protagonist that will win his way into readers' hearts. Children will identify with his curiosity and sense of adventure. They will root for him as he schemes to find the missing motorcycle and put things right with Keith. An excellent story and interesting characters blend well with adorable black-and-white illustrations to make this book a winner. 2000 (orig. 1965), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, $5.95. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D. (Children's Literature).
Best Books:
   Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001; H.W. Wilson; United States
   Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002; California Department of Education; California
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
   Delaware Diamonds Winner 1996 Grades 3-4 Delaware
   Great Stone Face Award Winner 1983 New Hampshire
   The Nene Award Winner 1969 Hawaii
   William Allen White Children's Book Award Winner 1968 Kansas
   Young Reader's Choice Award Winner 1968 Pacific Northwest
ISBN: 0-395-73250-6
ISBN: 0-688-21698-6
Ralph S. Mouse
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
   The intrepid mouse Ralph, who first appeared in The Motorcycle and the Mouse, continues his adventures in this third book of the author's entertaining series. Ralph lives at the Mountain View Inn, a hotel that has seen better days. He and Ryan, the son of the new hotel housekeeper, are friends. When Ralph gets fed up with his pesky cousins and nagging relatives, he asks Ryan to take him to school. Ralph envisions riding his motorcycle up and down the school's smooth hallways at night when all the children have gone home. Things do not work out exactly as planned when one of the girls in Ryan's class discovers him. Ralph becomes a class project, which is boring and bothersome. But Ralph learns a lot at school and proves that he is quite a smart mouse indeed. 2000 (orig. 1982), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, $5.95. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D. (Children's Literature).
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
   Emphasis on Reading: A Children's Choice Book Award Program Winner 1983-1984 Grades 2-3 Alabama
   Garden State Children's Book Award Winner 1985 Younger Fiction New Jersey
   The Golden Kite Award Winner 1982 Fiction United States
   Iowa Children's Choice Award Winner 1985 Iowa Children's Choice Award Grades 3-6 Iowa
   West Virginia Children's Book Award Winner 1987 West Virginia
ISBN: 0-380-70957-0
Ramona and Her Father
Beverly Cleary
Illustrations by Tracy Dockray
   Author Beverly Cleary's Ramona and Her Father is only one book in a series about a girl named Ramona. This book was first published in the seventies, but is now a re-illustrated Harper Trophy edition. Ramona's adventures have been many, but in this book, Ramona tries to come to her father's aid when he loses his job. One day, Ramona decides that maybe she can make a million dollars by making a TV commercial. She practices by dressing up and placing a crown on her hair. But her hair becomes entangled in the crown and her dad has to cut her hair. Ramona tells her dad she wants money for him, but dad tells her he wouldn't trade her for a million dollars. That makes Ramona feel good. Ramona was also worrying about something else. Her dad smoked and she wanted him to quit. She taped a picture of a cigarette on the refrigerator and crossed it out with a big black X. Under it she printed in big letters BAD. She was definitely on a campaign to get her father to quiet smoking. One day, Ramona took her father's cigarettes and threw them in the garbage. Mr. Quimby wasn't happy about this, but he tried not to smoke. Ramona's father had lots of time on his hands now that he was out of a job. And he and Ramona were spending more time together, and not always getting along with each other. But even when Ramona was acting like a brat, her father loved her. And when Ramona became annoyed with her dad she made sure he knew she loved him. Beverly Cleary's books are always funny and insightful. Black and white illustrations are included. 2006, HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12, $5.99. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 978-0-380-70916-8
ISBN: 0-380-70916-3
Ramona and Her Mother
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen
   Poor Ramona! Not quite eight, but half past seven, this enthusiastic dynamo is feeling one powerful emotion: unloved. Her older sister, Beezus, seems to do everything right--at least as far as Ramona's mom is concerned. So, Ramona gloats, just a bit, when Beezus causes a stink about not being allowed to visit a professional hair stylist, instead of having her hair cut at home. When Ramona's mom goes back to work, and her dad hates his new job, other frictions visit on the Quimby household, making both girls worry that their parents are headed for divorce. Cleary keeps this book hopping, jumping easily from scenario to scenario. Its success, as in Cleary's other Ramona books, is in pulling our heartstrings and making us laugh. Readers will hoot as Ramona squirts every last drop from a new toothpaste tube--just because she always wanted to. We also see her nearly barf in the backseat of the car, and dye herself and her friend Howie bright blue. But it is when Ramona threatens to run away and her mother helps her pack, that we root hard for little "Nobody likes me!" Ramona. Of course, Mrs. Quimby has a trick up her sleeve: "You tricked me!" cries Ramona. "You made the suitcase too heavy on purpose. You don't want me to run away!" Of course not, says her mother: "I couldn't get along without my Ramona." Neither, I suspect can readers. 2006 (orig. 1990), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, $5.99 and $15.99. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt (Children's Literature).
State and Provincial Reading Lists:
   Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 1981-1982; Nominee; Minnesota
ISBN: 0-380-70952-X
Ramona Forever
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Tracy Dockray
   Previously pesky Ramona is dealing with a lot of changes this year and through it all, she is determined, first and foremost, to be good. Her troubles begin with the mystery surrounding her mother and her new eating habits, her father going to school to become a teacher, and her sister Beezus who is now a junior high teenager worried about teenager things. Even her Aunt Bea is acting strangely. Then Mrs. Kemp, Ramona's babysitter, and she have a huge falling out, Ramona discovers that her mom is actually pregnant with Quimby number three, Picky Picky the cat dies, and her dad cannot find a teaching job. Ramona's will to be good is being tested to its limits. As secrets are revealed, dilemmas faced, and challenges raised, Ramona struggles and fails and prevails in her determination to behave. Through it all, though, she remains lovable, honest Ramona. This title is the original 1984 story but has been re-released with new illustrations proving that the irresistible Ramona is a timeless character that most young girls can relate to and love possibly forever. 2006 (orig. 1984), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 10, $5.99. Reviewer: Trina Heidt (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 0-380-70960-0
ISBN: 978-0-380-70960-1
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Beverly Cleary
Illustrations by Tracy Dockray
   Dockray's charming illustrations update the look of this classic Newbery Honor book from Cleary. In this adventure, Ramona enters third grade, just as her older sister Beatrice (Beezus) begins junior high, and her father returns to college to become a teacher himself. Ramona's irrepressible personality turns the everyday events of her life into escapades of dramatic proportions. Giving a book report to her class becomes a choreographed version of a TV commercial, and eating lunch in the school cafeteria turns into a dangerous event, when her mother accidentally sends a raw egg rather than a hardboiled one in Ramona's lunch. Overhearing her teacher call her a nuisance leads Ramona to soul searching, as she tries to reconcile her teacher's words with her own opinion of herself. Kids may easily identify with Ramona's difficulties, as Cleary depicts this "typical" white American middle-class family with warmth and interest. Cleary tackles the difficult issue of describing a happy family with grace; the Quimby family is far from perfect, and although not poverty-stricken, they are also far from rich. Part of the "Ramona" series. 2006 (orig. 1981), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 7 to 10, $5.99 and $15.99. Reviewer: Laura Ruttig (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 978-0-380-70956-4
ISBN: 0-380-70956-2
ISBN: 0-688-00477-6?
ISBN: 978-0-688-00477-4
Ramona the Brave
Beverly Cleary
Illustrations by Tracy Dockray
   Long before Junie P. Jones or Peter's little brother Fudge, there was Ramona Quimby, a brave and fearless (spunky according to her Dad) little girl just starting first grade. This year Ramona will need all her spunk to deal with her first grade teacher who calls her Ramona Kitty Cat (because Ramona prints the Q that starts her last name with whiskers and ears), a bossy big sister, and her Mom's new job. But it is hard to be brave when you take a different route to school and lose your shoe protecting yourself from a growling German shepherd! Or when you go to sleep in your new bedroom and, for the first time ever, you are alone in the dark. Who knows what might be hiding under the bed, slithering behind the curtains, or slinking around the walls? A timeless classic that is as delightful today as it was when first published. A wonderful book for parents and teachers to share with younger readers. 2006 (orig. 1975), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 10, $5.99. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 978-0-380-70959-5
ISBN: 0-380-70959-7
Ramona the Pest
Beverly Cleary
Illustrations by Tracy Dockray
   Poor Miss Binny has her hands full with a class of curious kindergarten children starting their first day of school in Beverly Cleary's reillustrated, Harper Trophy edition chapter book. Ramona cannot control her emotions for what she feels is the most exciting day of her life. She would finally catch up with her sister Beezus on learning everything there is to know. When Miss Binny leads her to one of the classroom tables and tells her to, "sit here for the present" the fun begins. Ramona mistakenly believes she has been singled out to receive a present from her teacher. When she refuses to leave her seat in class for anything because she is expecting the present at any moment, Miss Binny has to explain the situation to her. And this is only the beginning, as Ramona weaves her way into the reader's heart. One of the problems I had with this story was that since it was first published, the times have changed drastically. Ramona and her friend Howie are encouraged to walk to school unsupervised, which also includes crossing a street by themselves. As popular and charming as the Ramona books are, this was a bother to me. 2006 (orig. 1968), HarperTempest/HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12, $7.99. Reviewer: Joan Elste (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 0-380-70954-6
ISBN: 978-0-380-70954-0
Ramona's World
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen
   Ramona loves her life--fourth grade in general, her new baby sister Roberta, and observing her older sister Beezus. But spelling looms, sometimes there seem to be too many girls in her family, Yard Ape sends her a Valentine, and life is a little more complicated. Wonderful characters in true-life situations and a longer story but not harder words invite readers to meet Ramona even if they haven't already done so. Here is a good place to start. 1999, Morrow, $15.00 and $14.93. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Susan Hepler, Ph.D. (Children's Literature).
   The first day of fourth grade held great promise for nine-year-old Ramona Quimby. She met a new friend, noticed there were no spelling words on the blackboard, and her teacher selected her composition to read aloud. However, spelling words, the bane of Ramona's existence, showed up on the second day. By the end of the day, she disliked her teacher and felt unloved by her mother who was coddling her crying baby sister Roberta. It looked like a very long school year. We follow Ramona's ups and downs through the year as she and Daisy solidify their friendship. Ramona continues maturing through the story but still maintains her indomitable spirit. While this book can be read independently, it is even more enjoyable if the other "Ramona" books are familiar. Cleary is adept at taking everyday events and making the reader see the humor and delight in simple things. Everyone will want to visit with this old friend. 1999, Morrow Junior Books, $15.00 and $14.93. Ages 8 to 11. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature).
   In this re-illustrated version of the 1999 book, Ramona is in fourth grade and growing up. She still gets into scrapes and needs rescuing-such as the time when she falls part way through the ceiling while playing at her friend's house-but increasingly her family is telling her to "cope." Perhaps I should state upfront that I am a big fan of Beverly Cleary and the true humor found in her books, especially Ramona. And this book enchants fans like me, but it is not as seamless as the earlier books. Cleary spends more time saying that Ramona feels upset or lonely instead of showing us how those emotions are expressed in the life of the fourth grader. That said, it is worth every second to watch Ramona maturing through another year. Ramona becomes savvy enough to understand a boy's teasing is a form of greeting; she becomes a problem solver, figuring out how to release her baby-sister who is stuck in the cat-condo; and along with her friends she continues to think it is cool to have calloused hands because calluses prove how much time one has spent walking hand-over-hand on the playground equipment. Ramona is cool. 2006 (orig. 1999), HarperTempest/Harper Collins, Ages 8 to 12, $7.99. Reviewer: Amy S Hansen (Children's Literature).
Best Books:
   Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for Pre-K-Grade 6 13th Edition, 2002; National Council of Teachers of English; United States
   The Best Children's Books of the Year, 2000; Bank Street College of Education; United States
   Booklist Book Review Stars, June 1 & 15, 1999; United States
   Children's Choices, 2000; International Reading Association; United States
   The Children's Literature Choice List, 2000; Children's Literature; United States
   Parent's Guide to Children's Media, 1999; Parent's Guide to Children's Media, Inc.; United State
   Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002; California Department of Education; California
   Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Books for Children, 1999; Smithsonian; United States
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
   ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award Winner 2000 Beginning Readers United States
   Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Winner 2001-2002 Arkansas
State and Provincial Reading Lists:
   Arizona Young Readers' Award, 2001; Nominee; Intermediate; Arizona
   Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Reading List, 2001-2002; Nominee; Grades 4-6; Arkansas
   Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Reading List, 2001-2002; Nominee; Arkansas
   Children's Crown Award, 2002; Nominee; United States
   Colorado Children's Book Award, 2001; Nominee; Colorado
   Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 2002; Nominee; Wyoming
   Iowa Children's Choice Award, 2001-2002; Nominee; Iowa
   Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award, 2002; Nominee; Louisiana
   Maryland Children's Book Award, 2003; Nominee; Maryland
   The Nene Award, 2002; Nominee; Hawaii
   The Nene Award, 2003; Nominee; Hawaii
   The Nene Award, 2004; Nominee; Hawaii
   The Nene Award, 2005; Nominee; Hawaii
   North Carolina Children's Book Award, 2001; Nominee; Junior Book; North Carolina
   South Carolina Book Awards, 2001-2002; Nominee; Children's Book; South Carolina
   Young Reader's Choice Award, 2002; Nominee; Junior Division-Grades 4th-6th; Pacific Northwest
ISBN: 0-688-16816-7
ISBN: 0-688-16818-3
ISBN: 0-380-73272-6
ISBN: 978-0-380-73272-2
El Ratoncito de la Moto
Beverly Cleary
Traducción de Lydia Permanyer Netto
Ilustraciones de Louis Darling
   Here is the Spanish version of Beverly Cleary's much-loved tale about a boy, a mouse, and the motorcycle that inspires a powerful friendship between them. During a trip to California, Keith's human family stays in the room of an out-of-the-way hotel where Ralph and other members of his mouse family live. Ralph's love of exploration and tendencies towards trouble land him in the inescapable bottom of waste paper basket, where Keith finds, rescues, and introduces him to the adventures inherent in riding a motorcycle. But when Ralph unceremoniously loses the motorcycle in a pile of laundry, their friendship takes on new dimensions as the big-hearted mouse tries to make up for his deed. This book, with its accompanying black and white line drawings, will delight not only avid readers, but also hard-to-please readers. In addition, while girls will certainly find the story stirring and stimulating, with its motorcycle theme and male characters, this book offers an excellent reading option for boys, especially at an age when many lose interest in reading altogether. 1986, HarperCollins Publishers, $15.99 and $5.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Ramirose Attebury Wendt (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 0-06-000057-0
ISBN: 0-06-000056-2
Ribsy
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Louis Darling
   Forbidden to ride in the Huggins' clean new car, Henry's dog, Ribsy, runs after it until he is exhausted, forcing the family to stop and let him in. From then on he experiences one disaster after another. While shut up in the car at the mall, he accidentally hits the automatic window control, wiggles out and unsuccessfully searches for his owners. Confused, he jumps into another new-smelling car by mistake and goes home with the Dingleys, who give him a violet-scented bubble bath. Deeply insulted, Ribsy escapes and tries to find his way home. He meets many new people along the way, including a kindly old lady who dresses him in a hat and pipe, a bunch of school children who share their lunches, and a lonely boy harassed by the mean manager of his apartment building. After a dramatic rescue from a fire escape, Ribsy is reunited joyfully with his family. Written in an easy, conversational style and filled with funny situations and sly satire, the fast moving story, although set at least forty years ago, is as appealing as ever. Ribsy is the sweet, spirited embodiment of hundreds of beloved, scruffy children's pets, back in the days before leash laws and animal control officers cramped their styles. Occasional, lively black-and-white drawings add to the fun. 2001 (orig. 1964), HarperTrophy, $5.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Patricia Dole (Children's Literature).
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
   Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Winner 1966 Vermont
   The Nene Award Winner 1968 Hawaii
ISBN: 0-380-70955-4
Runaway Ralph
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Louis Darling
   Adventure-seeking Ralph, the motorcycle riding mouse introduced to readers in The Mouse and the Motorcycle, decides to break free from his home at the Mountain View Inn and seek his fortune at a summer camp down the road. Ralph is tired of family obligations and scrounging crumbs. But he does not foresee being pursued by a mean old cat and being put in a cage. Life in a cage gives Ralph a new perspective. Suddenly, he misses his family and the creature comforts of the Mountain View Inn. Ralph discovers that he is braver and more resourceful than he thought he was. Readers will find a protagonist to cheer for in this engaging story. And many will identify with Ralph's impatience to do grown-up things and his curiosity about the world. 2000 (orig. 1970), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, $5.95. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D. (Children's Literature).
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
   Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Winner 1973 Arkansas
   The Nene Award Winner 1972 Hawaii
ISBN: 0-380-70953-8
Two Times the Fun
Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by Carol Thompson
   Four stories about fraternal twins, Jimmy and Janet, have been repackaged in this chapter book. While the twins like each other and are best friends, they do have their spats just like other siblings. In one story, Janet collects odd bits and will not let Jimmy touch them. Of course, since he is not supposed to touch her things, it is all the more tempting and he ends up grabbing the "stuff" to play with it. In another story, the twins are growing up and they are excited about getting new beds and new red boots. Janet delights in sharing all the news with Mr. Lemon, the postman. Jimmy is the realist and does not like pretend play or things. When he decides to dig a hole in the yard, he creates a really big one. His family and neighbors all want to know what he plans to do with his hole. Jimmy just wants a hole, but since his Dad says that would be too dangerous, it is up to him to find an ideal solution. The stories in some cases are more than forty years old, but the feelings and family situations are still familiar. Young kids, twins or not, will enjoy meeting Jimmy and Janet. 2005, HarperCollins, $11.99 and $14.89. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature).
ISBN: 0-06-057921-8
ISBN: 0-06-057922-6

 

Updated 10/26/06

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